Acclaimed chamber ensemble Decoda to perform free concert, February 21, 2015

The New York City-based chamber ensemble Decoda will perform works by Mozart, Brahms, Britten, and Hersant. The performance at Vassar will also feature the world premiere of “Distractions,” a sextet written for Decoda by Richard Wilson, Professor of Music on the Mary Conover Mellon Chair and the composer of over one hundred works in many genres.

The concert will be held at Skinner Hall on Saturday, February 21, 8:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Leading up to the concert, Decoda will perform in "pop-up" performances in various locations on campus.

Decoda is comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. Based in New York City, Decoda creates innovative performances and engaging projects with partners around the world.

Since its inception in 2011, Decoda’s projects have reached audiences in schools, hospitals and prisons as well as in prominent concert halls across the globe. Decoda is known for customizing its performances to its community partners and audiences as needed. The group has held interactive shows with significant audience participation, workshops and performance training workshops for high school students. Decoda is an Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall.

Recent travels have taken Decoda to Abu Dhabi, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Germany, Hong Kong, and Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Denmark, and in the 2014-15 season, Decoda will present projects with partners in the U.S., Mexico, Asia and the United Kingdom. 

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, January 13, 2015